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Brandon Figueroa talks win over Luis Nery, looks forward to unifying with Stephen Fulton on September 11

Figueroa pulled off the biggest win of his career to date, earning world title status.

Luis Nery v Brandon Figueroa Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Brandon Figueroa is now WBC super bantamweight world champion (and WBA ‘regular’ champion) after scoring clearly the biggest win of his entire career, knocking out Luis Nery in the seventh round of action last night. Immediately after his win to claim the green belt Figueroa discussed the fight and his his feelings on making it to the mountaintop, world championship status.

“It feels amazing, this is a dream come true,” said Figueroa. “I know everyone doubted me, but here I am with the belt. It’s all thanks to hard work and dedication.

“The plan was to break him,” said Figueroa. “My corner told me to pressure him and that he wouldn’t last. That’s exactly what happened. I knew he was getting tired, he was trying to box me. I saw him breathing heavy. My team just said it was time to go get him. You saw tonight what I can do,” said Figueroa. “I brought it to him and the hard work paid off. We did our homework. We did a great job in the gym and just took it to him.”

With the win Figueroa is already slated to unify world title belts with fellow 122lb champion Stephen Fulton which has been scheduled to air on Showtime on September 11.

“We’ve been waiting for this fight against Fulton and it’s finally going to happen,” said Figueroa. “I knew I had to get through Luis Nery first. Everything has its time. I envisioned that I was going to beat Nery and now I see myself beating Fulton. I know he’s coming with everything he’s got and that we’re going to give the fans a hell of a show.”

The super bantamweight showdown kicks off this fall and we’ll be here for all the smoke!

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